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‘Hands off war heroes’ warns Sri Lankan government minister

The leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said he would not allow the international community to question Sri Lankan troops over reports of war crimes, as long as his party remains in government.

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka made his comments as he addressed a JHU People’s Forum on Saturday.

The party, led by Sinhala Buddhist monks, is currently in government as part of the United National Front for Good Governance, allied with the United National Party.

Mr Ranawaka went on to state that “the year 2020 is going to be a crucial one with two elections on the cards”.

“It’s the JHU and other broadminded patriots that would decide as to who would form the next parliament and be elected the next President,” he added.

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